Blythe Danner will not stand for journalists disparaging her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow.
The 74-year-old actress wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Times in response to one of their articles about the Harvey Weinstein allegations, in which columnist Maureen Dowd said that Paltrow had “put aside qualms to become ‘the first lady of Miramax'” after being allegedly harassed by the producer.
In her letter, published Tuesday, Danner shot back, writing, “I cannot remain silent while Maureen Dowd disparages my daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, for the manner in which she chose to handle Harvey Weinstein’s attempt at a sexual encounter when she was 22.”
“After her initial shock, Gwyneth left the room immediately, and, despite the fact that Mr. Weinstein threatened her if she ever spoke of what happened, she reported it to her agent and to her boyfriend at the time, Brad Pitt, who confronted Mr. Weinstein,” Danner said.
“Gwyneth did not ‘put aside [her] qualms to become “the first lady of Miramax”‘ back then, as Ms. Dowd would have it. She continued to hold her own and insist that Mr. Weinstein treat her with respect. She had learned from her father, the producer and director Bruce Paltrow, how to stand up for herself. Bruce received the first Diversity Award from the Directors Guild for helping women and minorities in our business. His daughter wasn’t the only woman he taught to fight for herself.”
Pointing out that she has been “a longstanding member of the industry” who has seen decades of “prejudice and unacceptable behaviour toward women,” Danner wrote, “I suggest that the pundits stop casting aspersions on the women who have confronted unwanted sexual advances in the manner each sees fit and concentrate on the constructive ways to prevent this behaviour in the future.”
In a Times report last week, Paltrow alleged that after being hired on the 1996 film “Emma”, Weinstein had asked her into his hotel bedroom for massages.